Baron: The Real Estate Simulation
Released in 1987, as the name suggests, it is a real estate industry simulation. The objective of Blue Chip’s Baron: The Real Estate Simulation is to get filthy rich by trading and speculating real estate markets. The game puts the player in the shoes of real estate investor, with the main focus on purchasing and selling of properties over time and make ample money. The game has a narrow focus on only one industry. This will be appealing for fans of hard-core business simulation games.
The game is very realistic as it gained the advantage of narrow focus. This allowed the designers to create a game that has realistic economic and business models. The players face a realistic range of options that are faced by real estate investors in the real world. Baron: The Real Estate Simulation is a turn-based game, that is, each turn represents one month. This allows the player to eyeball market trends and activities, know the costs of various properties and buy or sell them. It also allows the players to trade as well as take out loans.
On starting out, the player is given the status of Novice and needs $35,000 in cash. The beginner's level has limitations like lower loans and high closing cost on sales. As the player levels up by increasing net worth the limitations are relaxed and gain better leverage. These are attained when the player becomes Investors or Bankers.
Again as the name of the game, the goal is to attain the status of Baron. This is achieved by piling up a net worth of $1,000,000 within a duration of 60 months. On becoming a baron, the player can still continue the game and aim for the next million. However, if the player lacks business savvy, it will lead to bankruptcy.